Hey there horror fans, I’m Jessica Avery and I’ll be delivering your weekly brief of all that’s ghastly and grim in the world of Horror. Whether you’re looking for a backlist book that will give you the willies, a terrifying new release, or the latest in horror community news, you’ll find it here in The Fright Stuff.
Since we were off for the holiday on Monday the 5th, I missed out on the chance to share with you some of the amazing books (and there were a LOT of them) published last week. So I thought we’d take this week to celebrate the veritable flood of horror and other dark tales that early September has unleashed upon us! From monsters to hauntings, killer proms, covens, and vampire hunters, we’ve got a little bit of everything this week!
My Weekend is Booked Sticker by Racoonclub666
Hmm? Oh. No, sorry. I’m not available this weekend. I have to do battle with my TBR before it comes to life and devours me. Announce your bookish weekend plans with this delightful bookish skeleton sticker. This particular item not only comes in multiple sizes, with options for white or transparent backgrounds, but is also available in a couple of different variations in the shop. It’s also, also available as a bookmark, a pin, a tote bag, and even a t-shirt! So no one will have any questions about your ghoulish plans for your Saturday.
Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
Remy Pendergast is a vampire hunter who belongs nowhere. Not in his father’s high society world, and not even among his fellow bounty hunters. Everything he does, he does alone — until his investigation into a strange vampiric mutation, caused by a dangerous virus known only as Rot. Because of this investigation, Remy crosses paths with Xiaodan, a vampire heiress, and her equally undead fiancé, Zidan Malekh. As the three work together to uncover the source of the Rot before it can destroy the kingdom entirely, and feelings between them begin to warm, Remy finds himself questioning everything he thought he knew about vampires and himself.
Full Immersion by Gemma Amor
What would it be like to one day stumble upon your own dead body? That’s what happens to Magpie, and it propels her on a strange and frightening journey to discover the truth about her own death before both sanity and reality fail her, her steps dogged all the while by a mysterious, menacing figure known as the Silhouette. With a new friend by her side, Magpie must try to recover her lost memories if she wants to have any hope of finding out how she died, and how she can change her past before it catches up with her.
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Our Shadows Have Claws ed. by Yamile Saied Méndez and Amparo Ortiz
I have been really looking forward to this book! You know I love an anthology, and the TOC for Our Shadows Have Claws is packed with talent. Fifteen original short stories offer monsters galore, every thing from vampires to cannibals, ghost-witches and wolf-gods to death itself. So creature feature lovers be sure to add this dark, fantastical anthology to your reading list! Featuring the work of authors like Courtney Alameda, Ann Dávila Cardinal, Claribel A. Ortega, and many more, Our Shadows Have Claws is a celebration of Latine mythology from some of the most exciting voices in YA horror and fantasy.
Gallows Hill by Darcy Coates
If you’re looking for some of the most haunted real estate in horror, you need to read Darcy Coates. She always manages to touch on the things that scare me most. Gallows Hill is a story as much about family secrets and greed as it is about creepy tunnels and undead creatures. The Hull family has always owned the Gallows Hill Winery, and thrived off its success. But beneath the surface of their good fortune is a dark truth that generation after generation has been forced to conceal — and for which they’ve had to pay a heavy price. Margot Hull was sent away from Gallows Hill as a child, but when her parents die suddenly in their sleep, she finds herself on the doorstep of a home she barely remembers. A house full of dark secrets, bitter memories, and — quite possibly — a curse that seeks to take her life as well.
The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson
A retelling of Stephen King’s Carrie through the lens of racism and bullying at a small Georgia high school, Jackson’s The Weight of Blood is the latest in a storied horror tradition of “proms you do not want to attend.” Madison has been passing for white her whole life, on the insistence of her abusive father. But when she is revealed to be biracial, the bullying that normally plagues Maddy’s high school existence goes from bad to worse. The ensuing public fallout of a bullying video gone viral has the student body scrambling to repair their school’s reputation, but their plan for an integrated prom won’t be the solution they expect it to be. Not when Maddy’s classmates have decided that she still has to pay for her lies. Not when Maddy still has one secret left to to hide.
Coven by Jennifer Dugan and Kit Seaton
I love horror and horror-themed graphic novels! Particularly when they’re witchy. Coven is about a young woman with magical powers, but Emsy doesn’t care about training as a fire elemental and growing her magical skills. She left that behind her along with her family’s coven and her dreary hometown in upstate New York. But when a spate of mysterious murders that are clearly magical in nature put her family in harms way, Emsy has no choice but to leave behind her friends and her girlfriend in California and trade surfing for magical training. Mastering the magical skills she tried to ignore may be Emsy’s only chance to find the murderer before her own family meets a terrible end.
Fresh from the Skeleton’s Mouth
Speaking of new releases, if you’re looking for more horror to pick up in September, be sure to check out Nightfire’s list of all that’s new in the horror genre this month!
The 2022 Hugo Award Winners have been announced! If you haven’t started your 2022 reading list yet, the book section of the Hugos is a great place to start!